Several factors influence book binding:
how much the publisher wishes to spend on binding; the publisher's judgment on
the type of binding likely to appeal to a book's readership; the state of
binding technology; and, the contemporary climate of design. The Victorian
influence on design dramatically shaped bookbinding in the 1800s, going so far
that quantity of ornament was intended to imply beauty, sometimes verging into
aesthetic excess, with decorations irrelevant to book content.
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